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Created On: 12/23/2006 01:14 AM
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 12/23/2006 01:14 AM
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Bruneauinfo
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So I put together a topic a number of months ago about building a Zeroshell router from old desktop parts with an easy to install Linux based software app. However, the problem I encountered with that setup was that it didn't have a DHCP client for the public interface. Very annoying.

I did however find the solution - and a good one at that! www.smoothwall.org

Excellent opensource product. Easy to setup and install. If you're looking to build a powerful router or have a computer that's past it's prime - or both - smoothwall is pretty much the perfect solution as far as I can tell.

So if anyone's interested in a how-to I'm more than willing to discuss it here.

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Wow that looks MUCH better than Zeroshell. I wonder if I could use a wireless NIC so I can make a wireless router out of, say, an old 350MHz Slot 1 P2 box with this.
 01/16/2007 11:35 PM
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i'm not certain how that would work. you can go to the Smoothwall Community forum and ask though. they're pretty good about getting back to you on that kind of thing. they also have a modders group too with added functionality not necessarily supported by the Smoothwall Express.

i'm guessing you'd make the green interface the wireless NIC. however, i'm not so sure you'd have a wired option if you did that.

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quote:

Originally posted by: Bruneauinfo
So I put together a topic a number of months ago about building a Zeroshell router from old desktop parts with an easy to install Linux based software app. However, the problem I encountered with that setup was that it didn't have a DHCP client for the public interface. Very annoying.

I did however find the solution - and a good one at that! www.smoothwall.org

Excellent opensource product. Easy to setup and install. If you're looking to build a powerful router or have a computer that's past it's prime - or both - smoothwall is pretty much the perfect solution as far as I can tell.

So if anyone's interested in a how-to I'm more than willing to discuss it here.



I build one using three NICs and Linux Firewall.

External
Trusted
Internal

Firewall rules to router and protect traffic between the three NICs. I used Intel Server NICs for better throughput.

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Also M0n0wall with zero's for the o's is a good router firewall that uses a hardened BSD Unix kernel and it has a gui to configure it. It is very good as well. You need an older PC with a cd rom and a floppy drive and a floppy disk. You can use memory cards or a hard drive, but then you lose the security. The program is burned to cd and the rules are on a floppy that is write tab protected. This way no rules can be changed, because none can be written. If the device restarts, it resets as well. Very good.

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EdWilliams
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I have a pfsense box, works fine with a 1.6p4 with 1.5gb ram .. ntop is flaky it seems with less then 4gb ram.

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+1 to pfsense and M0n0wall.
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Zebra is open source TCP/IP routing software that is similar to Cisco's Internetworking Operating System (IOS). Flexible and powerful, it can handle routing protocols such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and all of their various flavors. This article shows how our authors set up Zebra and used it to manage routes dynamically in conjunction with real Cisco hardware.
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